The Goldy Mysteries aren't meant to be serious literature or even, I think, all that logical - they're a silly way to make it through vacuuming the living room or backwashing the pool. I know Barbara Rosenblatt is a popular narrator, but her mouth noises gross me out. The listen would have been more enjoyable if the sound engineer had dealt with all that juicy smacking, popping and wheezing. Yuck.
I read books for a different reason than I listen to them. This would definitely fit into to "listen" category. It's a book to vacuum, clean the pool, or make dinner by, not one you're going to wish you had a hard copy of so you could reread an especially gratifying passage. And that's normally OK, but this narrator is driving me crazy.
Halfway through and I'm not sure if the reader is trying to imitate Dub'ya or Dale Gribble from King of the Hill. The constant "thee" for "the" and "ay" for "a" has me imagining a Mike Judge or Will Ferrell character. I'm expecting Pearl the landlord or Boomhauer to show up any minute now.
If you're a Dan Brown fan, you'll probably like this book. If you're not, you probably won't.
I found the narrator distracting and a bit precious. Her repeated mispronunciation of "Renault" is like fingernails on a chalkboard - especially since one of the characters is a nun who speaks French and the narrator manages to read her French dialogue with a passable accent.
Speaking of dialogue -- the author gets a bit carried away with exposition. When she has a very old nun describe Mrs. Rockefeller's pearls "nestled in her grizzled neck, buttery orbs glinting in the dim light" My first thought was "Huh? Grizzled? Gristled?" Did the woman have a gray streaked beard or did the author mean "gristly" like a piece of tough meat? My second was, "Buttery orbs? Who talks like that?"
This isn't literature, but it would probably be a good beach read - buy the book and supply your own narration. And please, it's "Reh-no", pas "Ruh-nalt".
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